Oven Roasted Chicken Thighs
with cauliflower mash / wilted chard and orange
These juicy chicken thighs are a breeze to make, getting crisp in the pan and then staying juicy and tender while they finish cooking in the oven.The addition of cinnamon and orange in the chard makes it sweet, fresh, and hard to stop eating!
Smarts:Mashed cauliflower is an easy, delicious, and healthy alternative to mashed potatoes.
- Chard, any type - 1 bunch, thinly sliced
- Shallots - 1, finely chopped
- Garlic - 4 cloves, finely chopped
- Thyme, fresh leaves - 1 Tbsp, picked leaves
- Chicken thighs, bone-in & skin on - 4
- Oranges - 1/2, juice and zest of
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Cinnamon, ground - 1/2 tsp
- Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/2 tsp
- Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
- Cauliflower - 1 head, chopped into bite-size pieces
- Milk - 1/4 cup
- Butter - 2 Tbsp
- Garlic powder - 2 tsp
- Thyme leaves - 2 tsp, picked leaves
Preheat oven to 425F / 218C degrees.
Fill a large pot with salted water and bring to a boil.
Heat a large oven-safe skillet with oil over medium heat. Add chicken skin-side down. Cook until the skin is golden brown, approximately 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes. (Note: Brown in batches if the chicken cannot all fit easily in a single layer. It will not brown properly if the pan is crowded.)
Sprinkle thyme leaves (portion for chicken) onto the chicken skin. Transfer the skillet with the chicken to heated oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes until chicken is cooked through (internal temperature of 165F / 74C degrees).
While chicken is in the oven, return to boiling water. Add cauliflower florets and boil until tender and easily pierced with a fork, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain cauliflower well and then return it to the pot.
To cauliflower, add milk, butter, garlic powder, and thyme leaves (portion for cauliflower).
Remove chicken from the oven and let rest, covered, for at least 5 minutes.
While chicken is resting, transfer skillet you used to cook it to the stovetop over medium-high heat. (Leave any juices / oil from cooking in the pan - it will help flavor the chard.) Add the shallot, garlic, cinnamon, and red pepper flakes and saute until the shallot is translucent, approximately 3 minutes.
Add the orange juice and then chard leaves. Cook the chard until wilted, 1-2 minutes
Top the chard with orange zest and serve alongside the mashed cauliflower and chicken thighs. Enjoy!
Really liked the chicken and cauliflower mash, but the chard had too much cinnamon (tasted a bit like tree bark). Chicken took longer to cook (even though I purchased boneless).0 Helpful
Used spinach instead of chard. It was pretty good with the juice and zest. The cauliflower was fine. I may have liked it better with cream cheese or so cream. The chicken was ok. Probably didn't help that my chicken was skinless.0 Helpful
I had trouble getting all three items done and still hot at the same time. That ssid, everything was good! The chard was phenomenal!0 Helpful
Made vegetarian by substituting gardein chicken. Recommend skipping the oven step for that - made it way too dry0 Helpful
OMG, so good! You're classic meat and "potatoes" kind of meal. My daughter said it smelled like Thanksgiving.0 Helpful
I loved the chard. It was so yummy!!0 Helpful